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It looks like (according to the rendering) that the large the piece of Allen House surround by Dunlavy, West Dallas, Rosine and West Clay is not included. Anyone have a clue about that block?

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despite it's historical value, it's still an aging apartment complex.

i'm surprised no one has redeveloped the land where my apartment complex is; creole at yorktown in galleria area.

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despite it's historical value, it's still an aging apartment complex.

i'm surprised no one has redeveloped the land where my apartment complex is; creole at yorktown in galleria area.

In that neighborhood I imagine it is just a matter of time

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It looks like (according to the rendering) that the large the piece of Allen House surround by Dunlavy, West Dallas, Rosine and West Clay is not included. Anyone have a clue about that block?

It is included in a later phase of the project.

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Is that a new park in the upper right-hand corner? I live in a townhouse on Gross Street between W Dallas and W Clay, and I'm trying to figure out what my new neighbor would be. A park would certainly fit well with the historic College Park Cemetery.

And let me say my roommate who owns the townhouse was sure happy to hear about this deal...

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Yeah, the client wants to keep it under the microscope for now. It's driving me crazy cause I am doing the PR for the local architecture firm. The Houston Chronicle did an exclusive story on January 24 and the HBJ just gave a brief description. Below are the facts.

Regent Square

General Description

A new Houston neighborhood built on the principles of urbanism and smart growth to create an upscale, vibrant community and destination district inside Loop 610 alive with shopping, dining, entertaining, socializing, working, and living

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Regent Square

General Description

A new Houston neighborhood built on the principles of urbanism and smart growth to create an upscale, vibrant community and destination district

"Regent Square"? Where do they come up with these dumb development names? :wacko:

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"Regent Square"? Where do they come up with these dumb development names? :wacko:

re-gent: 1. One who rules during the minority, absence, or disability of a monarch.

So once the queens have been chased out, the Regent takes their place... ;)

Kind of makes sense.

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re-gent: 1. One who rules during the minority, absence, or disability of a monarch.

So once the queens have been chased out, the Regent takes their place... ;)

Kind of makes sense.

If that's the case, shouldn't The Montrose be called, "The Regent" due the flight of the Queens there? :)

Sorry, I'm feeling silly.

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"Regent Square" sounds like they just pulled it out of the Handbook of Pompous Generic Development Names.

Phase One with 740 residential units and 230,000 SF of retail on two city blocks will start in September 2008 and is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Is Phase One the blocks adjacent to Allen Parkway or the blocks south of West Dallas?

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If that's the case, shouldn't The Montrose be called, "The Regent" due the flight of the Queens there? :)

Sorry, I'm feeling silly.

ricco ... I love your posts. This one made me laugh today and that was hard to do considering my back/leg ache. Anyhow, congrats and keep those posts coming. I enjoy a care-free type of poster who also has serious posts as well. Flight of the queens... :lol:

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The early 21st century version of white flight. :P

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Those crayon drawings flashed on the home page are hilarious. I felt like singing a Sesame Street song.

Nevertheless, the scope of the project certainly isn't small.

Ho hum. The renderings are just so boring and repetitive. Typical cookie cutter urbanism...

...and does it strike anyone as odd that the "West Dallas Market" would be off of W. Dallas Street, but just down the road from the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve? Some cities have little ethnic enclaves, for instance how we've got a Chinatown. Are we getting a "Little Dallas" neighborhood?

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Ho hum. The renderings are just so boring and repetitive. Typical cookie cutter urbanism...

...and does it strike anyone as odd that the "West Dallas Market" would be off of W. Dallas Street, but just down the road from the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve? Some cities have little ethnic enclaves, for instance how we've got a Chinatown. Are we getting a "Little Dallas" neighborhood?

A West Dallas corridor...

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...and does it strike anyone as odd that the "West Dallas Market" would be off of W. Dallas Street, but just down the road from the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve?

:wacko:

uh-huh. And maybe this is why there are so many sex shops on Westheimer:

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Ho hum. The renderings are just so boring and repetitive. Typical cookie cutter urbanism...

...and does it strike anyone as odd that the "West Dallas Market" would be off of W. Dallas Street, but just down the road from the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve? Some cities have little ethnic enclaves, for instance how we've got a Chinatown. Are we getting a "Little Dallas" neighborhood?

As opposed to what? An esoteric, idiosyncratic postmodern pastiche like the rest of the city?

I guess my part of Park Slope Brooklyn is really called 7th Street, because the deli on the corner is called the 7th Street deli.....

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As opposed to what? An esoteric, idiosyncratic postmodern pastiche like the rest of the city?

I guess my part of Park Slope Brooklyn is really called 7th Street, because the deli on the corner is called the 7th Street deli.....

Sarcasm.

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makes me wonder how in the world they kept the crayons within those lines.

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I love it. It reminds me of Paris!

Paris Tx, maybe...

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yuk! keep those faux "centers" in the burbs (midtown is a burb). While I love the idea they usually always come across as plastic, fake, too DisneyLand-ish... Like the Woodlands "town center" or Post Midtown.

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Here's a Globe St. article on this development:

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Developer Unveils 24-Acre Mixed-Use Plan

By Amy Wolff Sorter

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HOUSTON-A Boston developer will break ground in the fourth quarter on Regent Square, a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use project. Area sources estimate the all-in development cost for the 24-acre project could come in just under $200 per sf.

Regent Square, which will be constructed in two phases, will consist of 390,000 sf of retail and office space, 200-room boutique hotel and up to 1,800 residential units. The first phase will consist of 230,000 sf of retail and restaurants, 60,000 sf of office, the hotel and 740 residential units. The planned opening is 2010. The second phase's start will be based on market demand.

The project site contains the Allen House apartment complex at 3601 W. Allen Pkwy., which is bordered by West Clay, Tirrell and Rosine streets. "We originally bought this during the mid-1980s' oil bust as a wonderful piece of property with an income-earning asset on it," says John Darrah, vice president for GID Urban Development Group. "The notion of doing this type of mixed-use development on the property occurred to us a couple of years ago."

http://www.globest.com/news/885_885/gsrsou...t/159787-1.html

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With this much traffic being added, I wonder if they'll add a light at Dunlavy and Allen Pkwy... and if so.. if they'll do it similar to other interections with allen parkway and have the thru-traffic of allen pkwy go under the interesction...

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Correct me if I'm getting overly excited, but this project looks like one of the best things to hit Houston in decades. It looks like everything I ever hoped Midtown would be (on a smaller scale of course) but on a better side of town. Boing!

Think of the view from those midrises, downtown immediately to the east, Buffalo Bayou Park to the north, uptown to the west, and TMC and Greenway to the south. With relatively short drives to everything, who wouldn't want to live in this area.

The only thing that would make it perfect is that they 'age' the look of the area so that it doesn't come out looking too new or like faux architecture. Oh, and that it will keep expanding until it spreads from Memorial Park to Downtown. Oooh baby!

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Correct me if I'm getting overly excited, but this project looks like one of the best things to hit Houston in decades. It looks like everything I ever hoped Midtown would be (on a smaller scale of course) but on a better side of town. Boing!

Think of the view from those midrises, downtown immediately to the east, Buffalo Bayou Park to the north, uptown to the west, and TMC and Greenway to the south. With relatively short drives to everything, who wouldn't want to live in this area.

The only thing that would make it perfect is that they 'age' the look of the area so that it doesn't come out looking too new or like faux architecture. Oh, and that it will keep expanding until it spreads from Memorial Park to Downtown. Oooh baby!

I just got back from a run along the Buffalo Bayou near Allen Parkway. I noticed that the Allen House appears to be empty. There were no signs of life anywhere and there wasn't a single car in the parking lot.

Could this incredible project be moving that quickly?

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Oh, you tease, you!

But yeah, your logic is sound. Always a good sign when it appears that a residential property is up for redevelopment and the previous tenants appear to be gone. It does seem to suggest that they're moving right along.

Keep the fingers crossed!

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Oh, you tease, you!

But yeah, your logic is sound. Always a good sign when it appears that a residential property is up for redevelopment and the previous tenants appear to be gone. It does seem to suggest that they're moving right along.

Keep the fingers crossed!

If the developers and the city were smart, they'd use them for HPD and HFD for practice some drills. Hell, i'm sure the army would love to have a chance to play in there!

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They had told the residents in the main buildings along Allen Parkway that they would have to be out by June, so I'm not surprised it looked empty.

The buildings along West Dallas will still be Allen House Apartments for another year or two, until they reach a later phase of the redevelopment.

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They had told the residents in the main buildings along Allen Parkway that they would have to be out by June, so I'm not surprised it looked empty.

The buildings along West Dallas will still be Allen House Apartments for another year or two, until they reach a later phase of the redevelopment.

The project is breaking ground in August and they are very much on schedule. The project really focuses on sustainability, especially in regard to a pedestrian friendly environment. It's going to be a really cool project actually. It's the largest of 9 mixed-use projects currently under way or already approved in Houston. The renderings you've seen don't really do it justice. It is going to have a pretty traditional look as the developers are from Boston.

Below is the project detail info.

Regent Square, a walk-able mixed-use urban village, is being completed on a 24-acre site on Houston

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Is this still on schedule for groundbreaking in August?

I don't know what the traffic is like on W Dallas, but the city/Metro should really look at putting a LRT or BRT line down Dallas. That is probably the most urban area in Houston with all of the townhomes and restaurants around. Then if they could figure out how to connect it to the Uptown line, I think the amount of riders would be substantial considering tourists would probably use it to go from downtown to the Galleria.

Of course that is all very wishful thinking.

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Is this still on schedule for groundbreaking in August?

I don't know what the traffic is like on W Dallas, but the city/Metro should really look at putting a LRT or BRT line down Dallas. That is probably the most urban area in Houston with all of the townhomes and restaurants around. Then if they could figure out how to connect it to the Uptown line, I think the amount of riders would be substantial considering tourists would probably use it to go from downtown to the Galleria.

Of course that is all very wishful thinking.

It's looking more like September. I have a meeting this afternoon to talk about the groundbreaking.

I think your idea is interesting. What if the rail connected to Memorial. Like from downtown/midtown up through Dallas and connected to Memorial then to Uptown? Interesting thought. What a nightmare though construction wise.

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It's looking more like September. I have a meeting this afternoon to talk about the groundbreaking.

I think your idea is interesting. What if the rail connected to Memorial. Like from downtown/midtown up through Dallas and connected to Memorial then to Uptown? Interesting thought. What a nightmare though construction wise.

My proposal would be putting a line down Dallas (maybe even start at Hilton downtown) west to Dunlavy. North on Dunlavy with it rising above Allen Parkway. Across the bayou to Memorial. Along Memorial to Memorial Park and then just shoot it straight through Memorial Park to connect to the Uptown Line. I don't know how they plan to do the Uptown Line, but I'm sure the actual connection around the West Loop would be a construction nightmare. Unless they made it a sub-connection (which is what Uptown needs anyways), but that is extremely wishful thinking.

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My proposal would be putting a line down Dallas (maybe even start at Hilton downtown) west to Dunlavy. North on Dunlavy with it rising above Allen Parkway. Across the bayou to Memorial. Along Memorial to Memorial Park and then just shoot it straight through Memorial Park to connect to the Uptown Line. I don't know how they plan to do the Uptown Line, but I'm sure the actual connection around the West Loop would be a construction nightmare. Unless they made it a sub-connection (which is what Uptown needs anyways), but that is extremely wishful thinking.

Metro has two east-west lines proposed in the current phase and the next phase which gets them through 2025.

One is the Universities line running on Richmond and Westpark connecting the RedLine to the Uptownline and Hilcroft TC.

The other is the InnerKaty line... which runs Washington and then Hempstead connecting DT to the NW Transit Center...though how the 290 commuter line will affect this remains to be seen.

See this link ..its non-metro and not 100% current.. but does give the general gist of Metro's planned rail phases.

So.. decent proposal.. but you'll have to hold on to it until 2025ish

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Metro has two east-west lines proposed in the current phase and the next phase which gets them through 2025.

One is the Universities line running on Richmond and Westpark connecting the RedLine to the Uptownline and Hilcroft TC.

The other is the InnerKaty line... which runs Washington and then Hempstead connecting DT to the NW Transit Center...though how the 290 commuter line will affect this remains to be seen.

See this link ..its non-metro and not 100% current.. but does give the general gist of Metro's planned rail phases.

So.. decent proposal.. but you'll have to hold on to it until 2025ish

I've never seen the InnerKaty line. Thanks for the link.

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I think in the beginning a trolley or some sort of people mover service should be in service that would go to and from there to downtown every 15-30 minutes, particularly in the morning. This would serve several purposes (or as a friend might say, "Porpoises", but I digress) one would be perhaps make the development more appealing to those working downtown (perhaps the developer should share some of the cost), bring in more business to the retail there from the people that are staying at the various hotels downtown after business hours, and build up future ridership for a potential line down that route.

As more people move in, perhaps a BRT line should be put in or have a LRT line if it ties in with one of the east side lines, since LRT would be too expensive for such a small ridership, however if the BRT line was convertible, perhaps this would be used as a potential Shepherd or (even better) have it continue down to kirby (should be a big hit for the RO people, I'm sure) where it would eventually connect to the Richmond Line.

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